What to do in Italy this April

10 April 2024
Written by
Lucrezia Worthington

A month filled with events and exhibitions

April is a month in bloom, literally and figuratively with all the exciting events that roll around Italy. From the yearly attended Design Week in Milan, the Biennale Arte in Venice, Vinitaly in Verona and the opportunity to visit some extraordinary, historical residences otherwise closed to the public. Here are a few of the best events and exhibitions held in the country this month.

14th-17th April: Vinitaly, Verona

This is one of the world’s most prestigious wine exhibitions, held annually in Verona. It serves as a global platform for showcasing the finest wines and spirits, attracting industry professionals, wine enthusiasts, and exhibitors from around the globe. The event features tastings, seminars, presentations, and networking opportunities, making it an indispensable gathering for anyone passionate about wine or involved in the wine industry. WEBSITE

15th-21st April: Design Week, Milan

Renowned for its cutting-edge creativity and trendsetting exhibitions, this annual extravaganza transforms Milan into a global design hub. From prestigious design districts to historic palazzos, the city becomes a canvas for showcasing the latest in furniture, lighting, textiles, and conceptual installations. With a diverse array of events, presentations, workshops, and talks, Milan Design Week offers a dynamic platform for exploring emerging talents, celebrating established brands, and engaging in thought-provoking discussions about the future of design. Many events and exhibitions are open to the public, simply browse for all the information on the WEBSITE.

The apartment of Aremest. Courtesy Fuorisalone

20th April: Biennale Arte, Venice

The Traveling Show, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, La Colección Jumex, Mexico / Photo by Studio Claire Fontaine / © Studio Claire Fontaine / Courtesy Claire Fontaine and Mennour, Paris

The 20th April will see the launch of the 60th International Art Exhibition in Venice, on display until 24th November 2024. This year, the exhibition was curated by Adriano Pedrosa, the artistic director of the MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand) in Brazil and it promises to be an extraordinary celebration of contemporary art and culture, attracting artists, curators, and art enthusiasts from around the globe. It will showcase a diverse range of artworks across various mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, and digital art, this prestigious event provides a platform for artists to explore pressing societal issues, express cultural identities, and push the boundaries of artistic expression. With exhibitions spread across the city’s historic venues, picturesque canals, and hidden gems, visitors can expect to embark on a captivating journey through the intersection of art, culture, and human experience. WEBSITE

20th-21st April: Caseifici Aperti, Parma

During two days in April, certain dairy farms of Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma will welcome visitors with open arms (and doors) and offer free guided tours. Among these, Parma2064 in Fidenza whose farms are also located in the farmlands between Soragna and Busseto, once home to and a source of inspiration for Giuseppe Verdi. Today, they count over 30,000 wheels of cheese every year. The tour will consist in learning the cheese-processing facilities, visiting the maturation room (a picturesque space where rows of Parmigiano Reggiano are stocked) and sampling the range of Parma2064 Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses of various degrees of maturation: 18, 24, 36 and 48 months. WEBSITE

Courtesy Francesca Bocchia

27th-28th April: Ville Aperte, Brianza

Magnificent halls, frescoes, hidden treasures, parks and flower gardens with sculptures, fountains, and water features: the 22nd edition of “Open Villas in Brianza” allows travellers to visit over 30 historic residences not always accessible to the public. Five provinces in Lombardy will take part in this event including Monza and Brianza, Milan, Lecco, Como and Varese. Among these, Villa Borromeo d’Adda in Arcore, an 18th century villa and representative of a typical patrician villa, surrounded by a picturesque park. The spring edition is scheduled for April 27th and 28th, May 1st, and May 4th and 5th, 2024, followed by the Autumn edition, expected for the weekends from September 14th to 29th, 2024. WEBSITE

Villa Borromeo d’Adda
Villa Borromeo d’Adda

22nd March-21st July: Anselm Kiefer at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Palazzo Strozzi presents a major exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest masters of the 20th and 21st century art, Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition allows direct contact with the art of the German artist thorough new and historical works that engage in a profound dialogue with the Renaissance architecture of Palazzo Strozzi, including a new work especially created for the palace’s internal courtyard. Through painting, sculpture, installation and photography, Kiefer’s art offers deep introspection into the human condition, in a complex weaving of connections between the past, present and future. WEBSITE

Fallen Angels exhibition Courtesy OKNO studio

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